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December 2008
The End of Cheap, Plentiful Water
The wine industry faces increased competition for its most important resource.
by Cyril Penn
:link { color: blue } :visited { color: purple } p.c1 {text-align: left} Don Peracchi grows more than 1,800 acres of varietal winegrapes in California's South San Joaquin Valley, where it takes more than two feet of irrigation water to grow grapes. This fall, though, the Westlands Irrigation District could only provide a small portion of his annual water allocation. Peracchi usually produces 30,000 tons or so of winegrapes but couldn't get much additional water from traditional sou...
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